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Names of Months
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This article discusses the month-names attested in various forms of the Greek language, beginning with the Mycenaean evidence and continuing through to the Classical period. A brief discussion of the structure of ancient Greek calendars is included as well.

Greek months were named after deities honored or festivals held in the times of the year the months delineated (although in later times some city-states used ordinal numerals to refer to months). There was, however, no standard set of these ‒ each community possess…

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Valerie Hannon Smitherman, “Names of Months”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000500>
First published online: 2013

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